“Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
and a two-edged sword in their hand.”
Not long ago I woke up in the night shaken by a dream. I knew that the dream was from the Lord, because as soon as I opened my eyes I heard a scripture in my heart.
In the dream, my husband came to me and said, “Sarah, I have been called away to fight in the war.” Then I dreamed that both of my brothers and my father would be leaving to fight as well. Fear tried to bind me, like a kidnapper ties up a child. The feeling was like no other, and I knew it represented the fear that tries to bind up a child of God at the sudden news of a terminal disease diagnosis, the fear of death, the fear of man, or the fear of failure.
I needed to overcome these feelings, so I began to seek the Lord. Instead of relieving my fear by assuring me that my family wouldn’t have to go after all, the Lord showed me that I would be going to war, as well. He said to me, “Do not be afraid, all you need is strategy.”
Go to war? Me? A 28-year-old woman? Who only uses 5 lb. weights when she works out? Me? I can barely lift a gun, much less carry it across a field for battle! I remember firing my Dad’s gun once as a girl and my shoulder hurt for a week. And camo? I don’t do camo. And a helmet? This hair needs some volume. Let’s just face it—I’m not cut out for war. I’m too much of a girl!
But the day came and we were in the middle of battle. My husband and the other men in my family were all flying fighter planes. There were bullets firing in every direction, bombs going off, smoke billowing up from each ground explosion. As I stood witnessing all of the destruction around me, I realized immediately what my assignment was in this war. I was not to be a fighter pilot or a ground soldier, but I was there to…SING.
As I opened my mouth to sing, my voice rang out so loud over the whole city. It was with such clarity and volume that it reminded me of a time when I was in Israel, the city of Jerusalem (in real life, not in the dream) when I heard the Muslim prayer and song ring out over the whole city. These Muslim songs carried with them a spiritual sound—a tone, a sound behind the sound. And it was heavy and dark. But, in my dream, my voice had strength and light and I knew that my song carried a sound as well—but mine was different. It had a victory tone. There was power in my song, and as I sang, I could see it was helping the soldiers in my company gain an edge on our enemy and lead us into victory. I realized that my song was a weapon, and the Lord spoke to my heart and said, “YOUR SONG IS YOUR SWORD.”
When I woke up from the dream, Psalm 149:6 came to me: “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand.” I also remembered the story of King Jehoshaphat. He began to seek the Lord for help when he found out that the people of Moab, Ammon, and thousands of others were coming to attack him and his people. The Spirit of the Lord came and said to him,
‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s…. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you. (2 Chronicles 20:15, 17, New King James Version)
This sounded a lot like what the Lord told me in my dream, “Do not be afraid.” He also told them that they wouldn’t need to fight. No need to fight? How in the natural do you win a war without fighting? But I love what happened next. King Jehoshaphat appointed singers to go out and lead the whole army! The Bible says that they went out saying, “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.” Get a picture of this—a bunch of puny-on-the-outside but strong-on-the-inside musicians and singers marching out on the front lines of battle, all shouting and singing and declaring the same thing—THE ENDURING MERCY OF THE LORD. The Lord gave them a strategy to fight without physical weapons. Instead, He gave them a spiritual strategy.
“Now when they began to SING and to PRAISE, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, and they were defeated.” (verse 22)
Hebrews 4:12 in The Amplified Bible says, “The Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword….” The WORD OF GOD IN YOUR MOUTH is a powerful weapon. The WORD OF GOD IN SONG IS A POWERFUL FORCE. Always remember that you have a song of victory inside you, and that Song Is Your Sword.